Central Leader : January 8th 2014
www.centralleader.co.nz NEWS Player happy to be back Jerome Haretuku has gone through the most traumatic experience of his softball career and come out the other side. The Marist softballer was axed from last year’s world champion squad by coach Eddie Kohlhase just days before the March tournament. But the young Aucklander staked a claim for re-selection into the Black Sox last month with new coach Mark Sorenson overseeing his first camp at the Trentham army base. Haretuku was sensationally dropped when captain Rhys Casley aggravated a shoulder injury and became a doubtful start for the event. Kohlhase opted to bring in specialist cover for his infield position and had to make room on the roster for that newcomer. Haretuku, 26, was simply the wrong man in the wrong place at the wrong time, he says. ‘‘At the time, it was quite hard. My focus went on to helping the team do whatever had to be done to achieve our goal – to win the world title. ‘‘My job was to make sure the boys stayed focused and help them wherever I could,’’ he says. With many retirements from the team and only two years to groom replacements, Haretuku is an immediate contender for the Black Sox. Haretuku says it will be a learning experience. ‘‘Mark played for New Zea- land as a teenager so he’s got years and years of experience. It will be good to pick his brains and learn everything I can from him.’’ Fun and music in the park Parks are the place to be this summer with Auckland Council’s Music in Parks and Movies in Parks events about to get under way. Seventy musical acts and 18 movies will show in parks across Auckland from January 11 to March 22. Feel free to bring a pic- nic, a rug, and enjoy the entertainment. The first concert is on January 11 at Three Kings Reserve, on the corner of Mt Eden Rd and Mt Albert Rd. The Datsuns, Husk, The Dirty Sweets and Thee Rum Coves will play from 3pm to 7pm. Ice Age: Continental Drift will be showing at Monte Cecilia Park, Hillsborough, on January 31, at 8.30pm. ❚ Visit moviesinparks.co.nz and musicinparks.co.nz for the full programme of events in your area. ➤CALLUS Contact us with your news on 630 5419. PONSONBY Wha -nau - Nui Swim Free Water Safety and Swim Lessons Would you like to feel safer and more confident with your children around water this summer? Enrol in Wha -nau Nui today and have lots of fun while you learn with your child. Spaces are limited so phone one of these locations in your area to book your place. MT ALBERT ONEHUNGA PANMURE 20-24 January 2014 Mt Albert Aquatic Centre 38 Alberton Ave, Mt Albert Onehunga War Memorial Pool 1 Park Gardens, Onehunga YMCA Swim School 29 Lagoon Drive, Panmure Pt Erin Pool 94 Shelly Beach Rd, Ponsonby (09) 815 7009 (09) 634 3748 (09) 570 9061 (09) 376 6863 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 8, 2014 11 For further details and other locations visit www.watersafe.org.nz Gearing up: Jerome Haretuku is hungry to play softball forNewZealand again.
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